A Winning Guest Feedback Formula for Your Hotel's Success

By Benjamin Jost Co-Founder & CEO, TrustYou | October 22, 2017

As we enter into the planning period for 2018, you might be talking about revenue forecasting, occupancy rates prediction, holiday promotions - but have you factored in the winning guest feedback formula to operate a hotel successfully? By now, you probably want to know what this formula is. Here it is: Review marketing + operational excellence = hotel success

In this piece, I’ll be focusing specifically on review marketing - its three biggest benefits, and then how you can actually put review marketing into practice at your hotel.

The Biggest Benefits of Review Marketing

We talk about guest feedback and we talk about digital marketing, often in the same sentence - but do you specifically devote time to “review marketing, ” the art and science of developing a marketing strategy that includes the pursuit of guest feedback and using that feedback online and offline in order to boost your hotel’s reputation and guarantee greater success?

Some hoteliers I speak to definitely see the value of reviews yet they don’t have an actual strategy on how they are going to get more and better reviews, and what they are going to do with them once they do. Now you will.

The Three Biggest Benefits of Review Marketing

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.